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Ravines Golf Club - hole 9

Good luck beating Ravines Golf Club, a tough Arnold Palmer design in Saugatuck

Ravines Golf Club doesn't let golfers relax. From the first hole to the final fairway, there's always an obstacle to clear, a challenge to meet. On a bad day, this demanding Arnold Palmer design will steal half a dozen of your golf balls. On a good day, it's a peaceful round through the woods.
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Macatawa Legends Golf & Country Club

Macatawa Legends Golf & C.C. lives on in Holland, Mich.

Almost every beach town along Lake Michigan offers a good public golf course. Holland almost lost theirs. Macatawa Legends Golf & C.C., a Ray Hearn design, went into receivership in 2009, but you would never know it these days. Once the recession cleared, Macatawa Legends came back to life.
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Manistee National - Cutters' Ridge golf course - 18th

Bring your 'A' game to survive Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National

How good are you? Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort separates the haves from the have-nots. This Jerry Matthews design from 2000 just might be the toughest course, yard for yard, in Michigan. Wetlands lurk seemingly everywhere, and its slope from the tips soars to 149.
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Michigan Golf Destinations

  • Southwest Michigan

    Along Lake Michigan's coastline in the southwest corner of the state, a succession of small beach towns provide a quick escape from the city life of Detroit and Chicago. Value golf courses are a constant theme in Michigan, and the southwest corner is no exception.

    Quail Ridge Golf Club sprawls across 300 acres of rolling hills just east of Grand Rapids. The expansive course provides plenty of room on each hole. Raymond Hearn, a Michigan native, designed the unique layout, seamlessly combining links-style holes and tree-lined holes for variety.
    Ravines Golf Club is southwest Michigan's first Arnold Palmer signature course. The course is situated three hours outside of Detroit in Saugatuck. Thanks to wide fairways and generous landing areas, the layout is not as tough as it seems but it does have plenty of challenges in store.
    The Highlands Golf Club in Grand Rapids is one of West Michigan's premier golfing facilities. Dating back to the early 1900s, the course is a classic Donald Ross layout. The golf course has a timeless design that is subtly deceptive but not overly punishing. It provides a good test while still remaining approachable for beginners.
  • Southeast Michigan

    The majority of Michigan's population and golf courses are based in and around metro Detroit in the state's southeast corner. They love their sports in Detroit, and they especially enjoy golf in the Motor City. While there are plenty of exclusive clubs for the auto industry elite, a smattering of daily-fee courses make the game affordable and accessible for everyone.

    Reddeman Farms Golf Club sits just eight miles west of Ann Arbor but the acres of surrounding countryside make it a peaceful escape. The course has a challenging but playable layout that will appeal to golfers of all skill levels. Those looking for a place to "grip it and rip it" rather than playing a round of target golf will enjoy this layout.
    Lake Erie Metropark in Brownstown sits along the shoreline of its namesake lake. The location is a popular bird-watching spot with more than 300 species recorded. Golfers might catch a glimpse of a bald eagle and broad-wing hawk sightings are almost definite since the area is one of the best hawk-watching sites in North America.
    The 18-hole Rattle Run Golf Course in Saint Clair, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1974. Designed by Lou Powers, Rattle Run Golf Course measures 6865 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 140 and a 73.
  • Northeast Michigan

    While Michigan's northwest may be the more nationally known vacation region, the northeast part of the state boasts a collection of small towns and natural wonders worth exploring, too, including one of the Midwest's top golf destinations, Gaylord.

    Wilderness Valley Resort offers two 18-hole championship golf courses. The Wilderness Valley Course is a player friendly complement to the more challenging Black Forest Course. Together, there is something for players of any skill level at the resort. The Wilderness Valley Course has the same rolling terrain of its sister course but the bunkering is more understated and the greens are more forgiving.
    The 18-hole Hidden River Golf & Casting Club in Brutus, MI is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1997. Designed by Bruce Matthews, Hidden River Golf & Casting Club measures 7101 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 138 and a 74.
    The Natural Golf Club sits along the western shore of Otsego Lake. As its name implies, the course blends seamlessly into the beautiful surroundings. The challenging layout requires accuracy so don't let the scenery distract you too much. Trees line the meandering fairways and water hazards come into play throughout. Strategically placed bunkers lurk along the greensides as well.
  • Upper Peninsula

    Wilderness is the big attraction in the Upper Peninsula. Hunting, fishing, hiking and boating are favorite pastimes of all "Yoopers." The summer golf season may be cruelly short, usually just June through September, but there are some real standout golf courses for those who make the trek.

    Hessel Ridge GC
    The 18-hole Hessel Ridge Golf Course in Hessel, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1997. Designed by Jeff Gorney, Hessel Ridge Golf Course measures 6415 yards from the longest tees. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 18-hole Wild Bluff Golf Course in Brimley, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1998. Designed by Mike Husby, Wild Bluff Golf Course measures 7056 yards from the longest tees. The course features 5 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 18-hole Munoscong Golf Club in Pickford, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1965. Munoscong Golf Club measures 6074 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 118 and a 68.6 USGA rating. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.
  • Northwest Michigan

    The most coveted vacation spot in Michigan is the northwest coast, where you'll find many of the state's highest-ranked resort golf courses as well as charming lakes and bayside towns. Much of the state's most spectacular coastline can be found in the northwest, making it an ideal summer haven for boaters and those seeking natural, freshwater beaches.

    The Cedar River Course was Tom Weiskopf's first design in Michigan. It has been ranked as one of the top 100 resort golf courses in the country. The layout closely follows the natural contours of the landscape, providing a wealth of unique shot opportunities. The dramatic elevation changes define the traditional layout, which gives an excellent rhythm to the course.
    Eldorado, located just south of Cadillac, has built a reputation as one of the best golf values in the Great Lakes area. The championship layout sprawls across rolling hills laced with flowering wetland areas. The golf course features elevated tees and generous green complexes with subtle but tricky undulations.
    Hawk's Eye Golf Club in Bellaire is one of the top 15 public courses in the state of Michigan. The championship course is the centerpiece of a tucked away golf community in the northern part of the state.